Many have asked about the origin of The Coronet Group, LLC name. The name honors the legacy of my great, great uncle Rufus T. Bush, a teacher and industrialist from Howell, Michigan who, in 1885, commissioned the construction of the Schooner Yacht Coronet. This ship still exists today in Newport, Rhode Island at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) where she is currently undergoing a complete restoration to her original beauty and majesty.
Coronet Print by John Mecray
Used with Permission
From the IYRS website:
"Great yachts are compelling human achievements which marry art to science.
Their designs are the result of artistic inspiration leavened by skill and
calculation. Like great bridges and soaring cathedrals, they are large and
splendid structures that transform the mere materials of their construction into
grand visions and inspire others to greatness. As singular as she is beautiful,
Coronet alone has come down to us from the great age of yachting at the end
of 19th century, a gilded yacht from the Gilded Age."
"Coronet was built in 1885 at the yard of C.& R. Poillon in Brooklyn, NY, famed
for their yachts and working vessels. Modeled on the fast and able nineteenth
century pilot schooners, she was created for New York Yacht Club member
Rufus T. Bush to cruise the world’s oceans in comfort and style. He filled her
elegant and powerful hull with fine appointments such as mahogany-paneled
staterooms, a grand marble-treaded staircase, stained glass doors, a main
saloon which featured mirrors, gilded moldings, a cloisonné chandelier, a tiled
heating stove with a brass chimney and a piano."
You can learn more about Coronet by visiting:
Geoffry L. Bush
d.b.a., Your Flight Department